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Mumbai Mirror | India | November 25, 2017

 

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 BLOG: INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR THE ELIMINATION OF VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN: INJUSTICES AGAINST WOMEN TRANSCEND RACES, CULTURES AND SOCIO-ECONOMIC BACKGROUNDS

Mumbai Mirror | Updated: Nov 25, 2017, 08.44 PM IST

 

By Bhargavi Joshi

As image creators and storytellers, we have the power to influence. It is a huge responsibility. If done correctly it has the power to bring about positive change in society. 

I create attractive imagery to get hold of the public's attention; once I have their attention I point their awareness towards an important social issue. I want my images to force people to think. To be aware and question our daily actions that may be contributing to a problem instead of helping it. To help people start that conversation that society tries to avoid. 

Having lived in Toronto, Los Angeles and Mumbai, I soon realised that the problems women faced weren't reserved for the poor and third world countries. The horrible human rights violations, the violence and injustice against women existed everywhere. It transcends all races, cultures and socio-economic backgrounds. I wanted to create a campaign that would remain a stark reminder of the existence of these problems world over. 

PRINTiED VIOLATION highlights the sexism, violence, oppression and injustice women face around the world on a daily basis. 

 

White: All the women are painted and dressed in white to shift the focus from their physical traits, age, race and culture and focus solely on the fact that they are women. 
White is also associated with purity, a term women in many cultures are forced to identify with and live by.

The women are made to look like delicate porcelain figures to symbolise how our patriarchal society regards the female sex as delicate and weak.

Black: The black handprints and ribbon represent how the very same cultures that hold women hostage to purity standards, completely disregards the pain and suffering society inflicts upon them. The black also represents how the existence of these dark and heinous crimes are pushed into the shadows and never talked about.

Clothes: The clothes have been draped using white medical gauze to symbolize the wrapping of women's wounds that society is so adamant on concealing, instead of crusading against the injustice and stopping these violent crimes at their source. The wardrobe portrays women from various financial backgrounds to show that these crimes affect women from all walks of life.

The various ethnicities and age groups shows that suffering crosses all borders of age, race and cultures.

Each of the nine women in this campaign represent one or more of the violence and injustice women around the world suffer. Every single woman will be victim to one or more of these violations in her lifetime. That's a terrifying reality. I want these images to start a conversation that society avoids. Only once people admit to the existence of these problems can we begin to try and eradicate them. I don't want women to be alone in this fight. This fight belongs to all of us. 

Bhargavi Joshi is a Canadian photographer. She is committed to using her work to inspire people to make our world honest, rooted in love and a better place.


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